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Growing up in divided societies: confronting continuity and change

Madeleine Leonard (School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK)
Martina McKnight (School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK)
Spyros Spyrou (European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 6 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the six main articles which represent the special issue on “Growing up in divided societies” and to locate the articles within a framework of children's experiences of divided societies.

Design/methodology/approach

The article reviews the main methodologies employed by authors of the six articles and evaluates how these methodologies contribute to debates on researching children and young people's everyday lives.

Findings

The paper presents the core findings of the six articles and discusses these in relation to core themes, methodologies and policy implications.

Originality/value

The authors argue that there is a dearth of research on children and young people's everyday lives in politically contested societies and the special issue responds to this vacuum.

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Citation

Leonard, M., McKnight, M. and Spyrou, S. (2011), "Growing up in divided societies: confronting continuity and change", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 31 No. 9/10, pp. 520-530. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443331111164115

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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